Keep it real has become a familiar buzz phrase. However, it has more meaning than a buzz phrase generally implies. People who keep it real present themselves as they truly are – the good aspects and the aspects most people hide – devoid of pretension, drama or games. The majority of people are familiar with the idea of keeping it real, albeit is only a familiarity sans the volitional aspect.
People who keep it real do not hide behind a mask to keep themselves safe from their fear of how they might be perceived. They avoid presenting a false self in order to appear more perfect, more powerful, or more independent. They share themselves as they truly are, sharing their full selves with the people who are willing to interact or know them well.
Being real (authentic) is challenging as we live in a culture that bombards us with images of physical and material perfection. As a result many people want to look younger, thinner, wealthier and more successful.
Furthermore, we are rewarded externally when we succeed at this masquerade, but people who are real remind us that internally, we pay a price. Whenever you feel that you are not enough and that you need to be bigger, better, or more exciting, you send a message to yourself that you are not enough, not good enough, or less than.
People who are authentic (keeping it real) walk into a room and bring a feeling of ease, humor and warmth with them. They acknowledge their wrinkles and laugh at their personal eccentricities without putting themselves or others down. They are self-confident, self-assured aligned and congruent with their self image, stature, values, beliefs, goals, behavior, word and public image.
People who are authentic (keeping it real) inspire others to let go of their defenses and to relax into the truth of who one truly is. In the presence of someone who lives authentically, people feel safe enough to take off their masks and experience freedom to express who one truly is. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
Those who have parent(s) who are authentic find it easier to be authentic too. Others whose parents wear a mask need to work at letting go of pretenses, drama and games to share the beauty and humor in their life. Your reward for taking this risk is that you will attract and inspire others to do the same.
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Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, Metaphysician – Certified Hypnosis Practitioner, Author and Speaker. Dr. Dorothy facilitates clearing blocks, fears and limiting beliefs. You can live the life you desire. She brings awareness to concepts not typically obvious to one’s thoughts and feelings. http://www.drdorothy.net